Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, Oud Metha Road, Dubai
Saturday, September 28, 2019 09:00 am
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28 – 29 September 2019

WHY a Certificate in EBM?

In 1676, Dr Isaac Newton wrote: "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." The metaphor expresses the notion of discovering truth by building on previous discoveries. Evidence-based Medicine (EBM) builds on that same notion, that today, technology allows us to access empirical evidence from published literature to find answers in search of scientific truth.

Being skilled in EBM is a critical skill in all individuals and organizations who are involved in health policy, funding decisions, health research, market access practices, medical affairs, clinical affairs, drug formularies, clinical pharmacology and health sciences.

By attending this certificate course, participants will receive a formal, academic Certificate in Evidence-based Medicine. Furthermore the course will be Continued Professional Development (CPD)-accredited.

Not only will this improve your value in your organisation, but it will allow you to continue with the future programs towards our formal academic Program in Evidence-based Research certificate.

WHO is involved?

This academic certificate course is brought to you by TCD Research FZ LLC (www.tcd-global.com) and the University of Pretoria (www.up.ac.za) with support from the ISPOR UAE Chapter (www.ISPOR.org) and Advance Health UAE (www.advancehealth.ae).

The Facilitators

Dr. Tienie Stander


  • •Managing Director of TCD Research FZ LLC, Dubai
  • •Practicing health economics and outcomes research consulting for 20 years
  • •Until 2012, extraordinary professor, School of Pharmacy, North West University

Prof Paul Rheeder

MBChB, MMed, MSc

(Clinical epidemiology), PhD

  • •Senior Specialist Physician, Department of Internal Medicine, Steve Biko Hospital, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria;
  • •2010 – 2013: Head of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Health Systems and Public Health, University of Pretoria

Prof Danie van Zyl, MBChB, Dip PEC, FCP, MMed, MSc

(Clinical epidemiology), PhD

  • •Head Clinical Department, Kalafong Hospital, Department of Internal Medicine;
  • •Adjunct Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria

And thank you to

A special thanks for the support from Dr Ola Ghaleb AlAhdab and the Advance Health UAE team.

WHAT can I expect?

The Certificate in Evidence-based Medicine is the first in a series of three towards an Internationally accredited, academic certificate in Evidence Based Research. Participants who successfully complete the three modules will be awarded with a Program in Evidence Based Research certificate.

The three modules are:

  • 1.Evidence-based Medicine, 28 – 29 September 2019
  • 2.Clinical Trials and Biostatistics, 2020
  • 3.Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, 2020


The agenda for the Certificate in Evidence-based Medicine is as follows:

DAY 1: 28 September 2019

09:00 Registration

09:30 Welcome and background

10:10 A brief history of Evidence-based Medicine 10:45Introduction to epidemiology

11:30 Tea break

12:00 Introduction to epidemiology (Cont.)

13:00 Biostatistical concepts for the non-statistician 13:00Lunch

13:45 Biostatistical concepts for the non-statistician (Cont.) 15:00Tea break

15:15 Critical appraisal in practice: Case Study 1

17:00 Close

DAY 2: 29 September 2019

09:00 Tools used for critical appraisal 10:10Levels of evidence

11:00 Introduction to epidemiology 11:30Tea break

12:00 Introduction to epidemiology (Cont.) 13:00Art of asking focused questions 13:00Lunch

13:45 Evidence, patient choice, clinical judgement, experience 15:00Tea break

15:15 Critical appraisal in practice: Case Study 2

17:00 Close

Workshop structure

TCD has extensive global experience in training workshops, having presented many workshops to pharmaceutical companies, trade associations, academic institutions and the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR). We have worked extensively with high ranking academic institutions such as Harvard Pilgrimage in Boston, University of Pretoria and North West University in South Africa.

Given this past experience, we have adopted a Problem-based Learning (PBL) approach to our workshops (similar to Harvard University) which is less didactic and more hands-on and participative. In simple terms we call it learning-by-doing.

Typically workshops will have a didactic theoretical component which then leads into the PBL process where participants are divided into working teams and confronted with real world problems in the form of publications or policy statements. Teams then need to use the theoretical knowledge to address the problems and provide solutions in a feedback session to the whole group.

Participants need to comply with the following three activities in order to receive the

Certificate in Evidence-based Medicine:

  • Pre-workshop reading and evaluation: This consists of reading an article and answering an online questionnaire. It provides the facilitators with a baseline of the knowledge and insight of the participants and will be compared to post- workshop results to show the impact. We will provide the electronic platform for the interaction with participants;
  • Workshop participation: This will be the didactic and PBL process over two days described above; and
  • Post-workshop reading and evaluation: This will again be based on a short evaluation at the end of the contact session as well as an online evaluation similar to the pre-workshop evaluation.


The Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf will be hosting the event and provide accommodation where required. Details will be communicated in due course.

What are the fees?


There are three fee categories, namely individual registrations, group registrations for ³5 participants and Government employees.

Tickets are applicable for both days.


Individual registration (The first 15 individuals who register will qualify for an 8% discount)


Group registration (³5 individuals) per individual


Government officials


Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, Dubai
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Oud Metha Road

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